Samsung's newest 4K & 8K TVs land eye safety certifications

Mike Wheatley

Samsung’s latest high-end 4K and 8K TVs have been certified for eye safety by two separate organisations in Europe and the U.S.


Verband Deutscher, which is based in Germany, and Underwriters Laboratories, headquartered in the U.S., have both said that Samsung’s new Q900T 8K and Q90T 4K QLED TVs are safe for human eyes after carrying out independent tests. The two TVs are the brightest models in Samsung’s 2020 lineup.

“While Samsung QLED TVs emit high luminance and brightness, our TVs are designed to protect the eyesight without losing the truly immersive viewing experience,” said Yong Hoon, executive vice president of Samsung’s visual display business.

Verband Deutscher has granted the two TVs an “eye safety certification”, while Underwriters Laboratories classified them as presenting “no photobiological LED hazard” to humans.

“We are pleased to be recognized by UL and VDE for these efforts and will continue to make the safety of our customers a top priority as we develop our products,” Hoon added.

Samsung’s TVs are the first in the world to receive the two certifications, but that doesn’t mean rival TV brands are any less safe. After all, big brands often disagree about the best standards, and LG Electronics’ OLED TVs received a similar certification from Germany’s TÜV Rheinland last year.

In other news this week, Samsung has confirmed to Flatpanels HD that its new Q70T, Q80T, Q90T and Q95T 4K QLED LCD TVs will all be equipped with a single HDMI 2.1 port for 4K at 120 frames per second via Frame Rate Link, a new high-bandwidth signaling system in HDMI 2.1. Samsung had previously only confirmed that its 8K TVs would be supporting the new standard.

The news should be of interest to gamers who’re planning to buy a new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X console later this year, as both will be able to output content in 4K120.

Samsung does however still trail its main rival LG Electronics, whose high-end LCD and OLED TVs will offer up to four HDMI 2.1 ports.